I liked your writing assignment given to your students. I think Pat Conroy
is an exceptionally good writer. He can take a dull sentence and make it
sing! He is such a wordsmith.
Another writer, with a different writing approach is, Jeannette Walls. She
has written two books, memoirs, that cause the reader to laugh aloud , as
well as, cry.
On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 10:34 AM, Sheryl Risner <srisner_at_ohp.k12.oh.us>wrote:
> Today, we used two of the resources from the workshop. Yesterday, we
> discussed point of view in writing. I used the Famous First Lines handout
> and had the students discuss whether the line was in 1st, 2nd, or 3rdperson. I then had them choose which book they thought would be most
> interesting to them and challenged them to read it. We’ll see if they do!
> We then read the Gonzalez poem and they wrote a paragraph about how they
> felt about the poet’s thoughts. Interestingly, I had an all male class
> today, and while I try to avoid stereotypes, we had to spend several minutes
> discussing the poem as they claimed no understanding.
> · I also found sample of writing from Project Gutenberg (www.*
> gutenberg*.org <http://www.gutenberg.org/>) and the learners read passages
> and highlighted examples of good writing. We used Mark Twain, Shakespeare,
> Poe, and from Amazon I found samples of John Grisham and Danielle Steel. We
> discussed what made these writers “good” even though we all had preferences
> on which we would prefer to read.
> While I have used reading passages many times in the Writing class, this is
> the first time we have discussed famous authors and attempted to interpret
> style. We will continue to do this type of thing. Next time, I will use
> non-fiction authors and we will continue to compare styles as this is more
> closely related to the writing we do. If anyone has suggestions for which
> writers to use and where to find some pieces, let me know!
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